Letters, August 17: ADHD, Satanism and why diesel is better than steam
Clever marketing but there's no science
Media attention is again focusing on the dangerous psychiatric drugs being prescribed to children and adolescents after they have been diagnosed with the disorder called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The quantity of drugs being consumed has hit the headlines, when the real story is the fact that so many of us have been taken in by psychiatric propaganda that ADHD is a real condition. While it cannot be denied that some children can be argumentative, boisterous and disruptive, psychiatry's fixation on labelling these difficiulties as a "disorder" is not only unscientific but medical fraud.
The problem is there's no test and there's no exoneration. ADHD has never been proven to exist, so it follows that a recent report claiming to detect brain waves associated with so-called ADHD is just more slick psychiatric marketing. The same goes for the "chemical imbalance" theory. Clever marketing but no science.
The psychiatric profession has manoeuvred itself into a powerful position by claiming ADHD exists, while deceiving others that it is real, and making a handsome profit out of it.
After 26 years, psychiatrists and their researchers are still looking for the psychiatric Holy Grail to justify drugging young minds. The deceit will only continue if we don't do something about it.
Citizens Commission on Human Rights
Don't confuse all magic with Satanism
I am disgusted by the sick attack on a young foal but Ian Tabraham (Western Daily Press, August 2) confuses Satanism with all witchcraft and magic. White or green witches and pagans work with nature to protect mother earth, and celebrate the changing seasons.
Millions of pagans and witches were persecuted by Christian zealots during the witchhunts in the 17th century. That was evil.
Women should dress in fitting manner
I thought Robert Readman's letter in the Western Daily Press on women contributing to their sexualisation, and writing against David Doubtfree's banning skirts for girls at a school, a timely warning for us all. King Solomon wrote, "A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!" I hope people will consider what Mr Readman wrote, and women will dress and behave as becomes womankind.
Mrs E Stuart
Diesel is still more attractive than steam
It is not that I fail to appreciate the railway preservation movement in Britain, after all I have life membership of the Severn Valley Railway, the Swanage Railway and, of which I am proudest of all, the Western Locomotive Association so I do recognise the hard work and dedication which goes into preserving our railway history and times past.
But my argument over "playing trains" is simply this – when these branch lines are run like a real railway, every day throughout the year, when the people running them are prepared to give up "the day job" and turn up at any hour of the day or night, rather than just for two or three weeks in the year when it most suits them, then, and only then, will I regard them as having more than a hobby – in other words, "playing trains".
As to my original point it is one thing to sit on the lineside watching a train go by and say "Oh, isn't it beautiful" but quite another to actually work the beast.
The diesel preservation movement in Britain is as active, as dedicated and successful as the steam one, the main differences being that diesels are actually cleaner to work, more efficient and to my eyes even more attractive than any steam engine.
Council services are needed by everyone
It would seem that residents living in Wiltshire without a bank account or computer find it hard to get access basic services from Wiltshire Council.
Only recently a resident reported to me that they tried to pay for a basic service over the counter at County Hall Trowbridge, only to be told that the council don't except cash payments.
Last week a local resident was told that they must go online to report a planning issue.
It's time Wiltshire Council remembered that they are there to provide services for the residents of Wiltshire, even if they aren't online or have a bank account.
Councillor Terry Chivers
Whitley, Melksham, Wiltshire